Flooding prompts evacuations in NW Indiana as water levels continue to rise

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LAKE STATION, Ind. -- As flooding starts to recede across much of the Chicago area, it's getting worse in Northwest Indiana.

In Lake Station, the deep river is now less than 3-feet below the level it reached during the flood of 2008 -- and it's still rising.

More than 50 homes are being voluntarily evacuated, to get residents out of harm's way.

Thursday afternoon, the village put large equipment and storage containers in place to block the roads which are now getting covered with water.

Lake Station officials and residents continue to monitor the flood levels.

Several streets are already closed.

Normal flood level in Lake Station is 12 to 13 feet. It was already measuring at 17-feet Thursday morning.

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